Cycling Australia

Juniors to race in Europe under Cycling NSW pilot opportunity

28Jun2019

Cycling NSW is delighted to announce a new opportunity for NSW junior cyclists to race in the Netherlands.

After learning about our new Under-19 Development Initiative, Dutch development program WWV (Willebrord Wil Vooruit) made contact with Cycling NSW seeking two second-year under-17 male riders to experience racing with the program in the Netherlands this year.

WWV sought self-funded riders who had displayed the ability to attack and attempt to break clear of the peloton. They also requested a mutual opportunity for Dutch junior riders to compete in NSW competitions.

After considering WWV’s request, Cycling NSW together with State Development Coach Tom Dawson are greatly pleased to announce that the following two riders have been offered this opportunity:

  • Aiden Sinclair (Hunter District CC)
  • William Kirkham (Dulwich Hill BC)

Our two representatives will contest races including:

  • Tour de Junior, Achterveld, 22-27 July
  • Acht Van Chaam, Chaam, 31 July
  • 47e Editie Profronde Westland, Wateringen, 1 August
  • 40e Draai Van De Kaai, Roosendaal, 5 August

They may also have the opportunity to race in Belgium.

Cycling NSW had originally considered launching a European junior development initiative in 2020. However, given this timely request from WWV, this year’s Netherlands tour will be a pilot that we seek to expand in future years.

Although Will and Aiden will be self-funded, Cycling NSW will be offering material assistance where possible. We will keep our members updated on their journey and hope to bring regular insights from their experiences while on tour.

This Dutch tour is the latest of opportunities for NSW’s junior cyclists to experience international racing here and overseas, especially as we journey towards hosting the 2022 UCI Road World Championships. Later this year, we plan to announce similar opportunities for NSW junior women to race in New Zealand and interstate.

We wish Will and Aiden a fantastic experience and trust that they will make the most of this opportunity.